Sound Devices, Timecode Systems and PureBlend announced the release of firmware and software upgrades that are set to make sharing timecode and metadata on set more streamlined than ever before. By allowing a seamless exchange of data between Sound Devices’ 6-Series mixer/recorders, the Timecode Systems :wave timecode and genlock generator and PureBlend’s MovieSlate 8.5 iOS app, the upgrades integrate the capabilities of the three companies to more efficiently manage metadata and transport controls within the production workflow.
To set up this integrated workflow, a Timecode Systems :wave unit operates as the master timecode clock, transmitting wireless timecode and sync data to all connected devices. The receiving units then output linear timecode (LTC) and genlock to their connected cameras.
With this latest upgrade, users can now also sync and share metadata and timecode via a bespoke Timecode Systems Sync lead from the :wave’s data port to the USB port on a Sound Devices 6-Series mixer/recorder. This not only ensures all recorded sound files contain the same accurate timecode as the cameras, but also allows full exchange of metadata and the capability to wirelessly monitor status and enable the device using Timecode Systems’ free multi-platform B:LINK Hub production dashboard app.
The MovieSlate 8.5 application, which runs on iOS 8, 9 or 10, connects to the :wave’s integrated Wi-Fi interface, allowing users to remotely control Sound Devices’ 6-Series mixers/recorders — to start/stop recordings, arm/name sound tracks, sync timecode, edit metadata — and effortlessly generate stunning sound reports. All of this is possible with a MovieSlate 8.5 Pro Features purchase.